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Old December 6th, 2009, 12:21 PM
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I am traveling with someone who rides a "scooter". There will be two able bodied (or somewhat able I guess!) companions as well.

We are going on the Equinox Southern Caribeean in Feb 10 to
Charlotte Amalie St Thomas
Basseterre St Kitts
Bridgetwon Barbados
Roseau Dominica
Phillipsburg St Maarten

Any help you can give me on having a relaxing vacation without a lot of unnecessary stress would be appreciated.

We have a suite designed for disabled.

I am looking for info on disabled friendly things to do in the ports, and which ports tender you into the port.

Also, if you have been on the ship, are there any areas that a scooter will not go to?

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Old December 6th, 2009, 07:32 PM
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The good news is none of those are tender ports (at least I think Solstice class ships should be able to dock there). Sorry I can't provide much help beyond that. Unfortunately we don't give accessibility much attendtion until we are faced with it. Roseau might be your most challenging part dock is right at the street and the town isn't particularly flat.
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In St Thomas, it won't be easy to maneuver either, sadly ...the sidewalks are very narrow,and if there are many ships in that day, it will be crowded to the nth degree....many times when there are that many ships in, they will close the street to traffic. If that happens it will benefit you as the rise of the sidewalks are very high, in many places, as I remember, so having the street to use the scooter in, would help tremendously.
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I think it depends on where you dock in St. Thomas. The downtown area is as Trip says and would be hard to navigate. But, our last few times there, we docked in a newer area with nothing but shops and I found it much easier. Sorry I can't remember the name of it. But, the staff on board will be able to give you more specific info. Best of luck.
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The name of that pier is Crown Bay...with the new larger ships, I can bet many more will be docking there now....In either area, Crown Bay or Havensite, if all you want to do is shop, these areas are much easier to get around than downtown.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 09:31 PM
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Also, In St Maarten,on the Dutch side, they did do some work on Front St, the shopping area, close to the pier area. When I was there last, they were still allowing cars there, not sure if it was planned to be strictly for walkers/shoppers or not, but they have cobblestones there, so, be mindful...
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St. Kitts likely won't be terribly easy either. I was there last month and needed a few items when we were returning to the ship. There were very high steps to get into the store. Oh but it is so beautiful. I want to live there someday.
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